The new president of America, Joe Biden, wants the government’s fleet to be fully electric. The announcement is in fulfillment of a promise Biden made during his campaign to exchange government fleet vehicles for American electric cars.
Biden does what he says in this area
“The federal government also owns a huge fleet of vehicles, which we are going to replace with clean electric vehicles made by American workers here in America,” Biden said during a briefing Monday announcing his ‘Buy American’ order.
According to the General Services Administration, there were nearly 650,000 vehicles in the federal government’s fleet in 2019. This includes 245,000 civilian vehicles, 173,000 military vehicles, and 225,000 postal vehicles. Those vehicles traveled 4.5 billion miles (about 1.2 billion kilometers) in 2019.
Biden also pledged to create a system that provides discounts or incentives for consumers to replace gasoline cars with electric vehicles, although there are no further details on that plan at this time.
Biden has yet to work out the details
The details of both plans are still being worked out, but together they represent a huge win for the EV investments that automakers have made in recent years. Ford has said it will spend $ 11 billion (about $ 9 billion) on the launch of a range of new electric vehicles, including the Mustang Mach-E and an electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. GM has pledged to spend $ 27 billion (about $ 22 billion) on electric and autonomous vehicles by 2025.